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K-12 Digital Content Links - Google Docs. I love Photoshop techniques that offer all kinds of possibilities for experimentation—and the following tutorial is a perfect example of one of those techniques.

In this issue, we’re going to take a portrait and replace the person’s image with text (think 2009 Grammy posters). Pick a portrait that offers good contrast—a photo that’s very dramatic and dark probably won’t work as well. I’ve had the best success with straight-on head and shoulder shots, but again, feel free to experiment with all types of photos. For the best results, choose a photo that has a light background (or select the background around the person and make it lighter). Colbie Caillat “Try” - Makeup Transformation Video. Photo: Courtesy of Republic Records Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat returns with a brand new EP, Gypsy Heart and a powerful new music video in which she makes a powerful statement about unfair beauty ideals by shunning hair and make-up.

Colbie Caillat “Try” - Makeup Transformation Video

Here, we talk to Caillat about the man (yup!) Who inspired the song, the impact of Photoshop, and why all women hate the way they look in photographs: How did the idea for your brand new single and video, “Try,” come about? English Language Arts and Literacy. Shakespeare’s plays have traditionally been divided into three categories: comedies, tragedies, and histories, as established in their original “First Folio” collection, published in 1623.

English Language Arts and Literacy

Most people today are somewhat familiar with tragedies like Hamlet and Macbeth, and comedies like The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s history plays, however, remain relatively unknown, largely because they deal exclusively with English monarchs from the 12th to the 16th centuries, particularly the period from 1399 to 1485. Although somewhat obscure to American readers, this era coincides with formative events in English history, notably the Hundred Years War between England and France (1337 to 1453), and the Wars of the Roses (1455 to 1485), when the rival noble houses of York and Lancaster vied for the throne. Each history play is named after and focuses on the rise, reign, and fall of the period’s monarchs. The Best Sites For Students To Create & Participate In Online Debates. I’ve been thinking of having students try to set-up and participate in an online debate that would involve both their classmates and others.

The Best Sites For Students To Create & Participate In Online Debates

It might be a good writing opportunity to prepare them for a persuasive essay, and a way to generate some high-interest reading possibilities as they prepare their positions. I’ve been exploring what possible sites might be out there students can use. I’m narrowing them down but, since I haven’t actually had them do this activity yet, I can’t say positively which one is best. But I thought I’d share the conclusions I’ve reached after my initial experiments, and invite readers to share their experiences with these sites and others.

So, given that caveat, here are my choices for The Best Sites For Students To Create & Participate In Online Debates: 46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom. Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences).

46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom

The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency. It’s curious they haven’t really “caught on” in schools considering how well they bridge both the old-form textbook habit of cramming tons of information into a small space, while also neatly overlapping with the dynamic and digital world. So if you want to try to make infographics–or better yet have students make them–where do you start?

The 46 tools below, curated by Faisal Khan, are a good place to start. 5 Tips For Making Your Class As Addictive As A Game. Game designers have mastered certain tricks that make games so addictive that people can’t stop playing them.

5 Tips For Making Your Class As Addictive As A Game

Here are the top five secrets that game designers know, and some tips on how you can use these same game dynamics to make learning in your classroom as addictive as gaming. The Appointment Dynamic: Be Here At This Time, Get a Prize Make it an event! Games such as FarmVille and Animal Crossing have events going on all the time, even if players are not logged in. A Mobile App Lesson on Financial Capability. Image credit: iStockphoto The goal of this lesson is teaching students how to use their mobile phones for financial management and financial decision-making.

A Mobile App Lesson on Financial Capability

The best moment to provide dedicated financial literacy coursework is in the latter grades of high school. Pixabay - Public Domain Images. Using QR Codes to Differentiate Instruction. An expectation of the Common Core Learning Standards is that teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of all children.

Using QR Codes to Differentiate Instruction

This includes special education and general education students, as well as English-Language Learners. One of my favorite technology tools, the QR code, can be used to meet the needs of a variety of students in one classroom. Teachers can create QR codes for differentiated instruction activities. A QR (quick response) code is similar in principle to a barcode -- a matrix image that can be scanned using a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet with Internet access. Free Sound Clips. The 5 Best Free Tools for Publishing Student Work. Technology Acceptable Use Lesson. Six college courses that help grads land jobs. The question "What's your major?

Six college courses that help grads land jobs

" has gone from being a cheesy pickup line to something much more imperative these days as employers require broader skills from college graduates. Whether you major in anthropology or chemical engineering, companies are looking for a skill set that may go beyond your school's core curriculum. The ability to speak in public, to write a succinct, grammatical business email, to do certain math operations beyond addition and subtraction could mean the difference between being one of the growing number of unemployed grads or one setting off on a long and fulfilling career. Unemployment for people ages 20 to 24 was at 13.5 percent in June; for 25- to 34-year-olds, 7.6 percent, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Of those grads who are employed, 48 percent are working in jobs that require less than a four-year college education, according to a January study from The Center for College Affordability & Productivity.

5 Flipped Classroom Issues (And Solutions) For Teachers. Have you been thinking about flipping your classroom this fall?

5 Flipped Classroom Issues (And Solutions) For Teachers

Flipping can let you make the most of face-to-face time with your students. Rather than taking class time to introduce content and using homework to review concepts, flip the process so that students gain basic knowledge at home and then create, collaborate, and make connections in school. Creating video used to be out of reach for most teachers. It was expensive and required skills that could take years to master. Fortunately, it is easier and faster than ever to create videos for your students, especially with iPad. Plagiarism. 10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics. People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That’s been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest.

So what if you could make your own infographics ? What would you make it of? It’s actually easier than you think… even if you have zero design skills whatsoever. Below are my two favorite infographic-making web 2.0 tools that I highly recommend. Click the name of each tool to learn more! One of the more popular ways to discover infographics, actually just launched a design overhaul of their website. Smoke & Mirrors. 7 non negotiables. 12 Digital Tools To Implement Exit Slips. This year our district implemented the use of exit slips to assess student daily learning. So, what are exit slips? Quite simply, exit slips are used to help students reflect on their learning and express their ideas and learning about a topic. The Exit Slip strategy also provides the teacher with the opportunity to integrate writing into the classroom.

Exit Slips can serve as 2 purpose: (1) It can be used to document student’s understanding of a lesson, (2) as an informal assessment, and (3) the effectiveness of the teacher’s instruction. The strategy allows both the teacher and student to reflect on their daily experiences in class. At first, I was not excited about doing one more thing in my class. The 3 Categories There are three categories of exit slips (Fisher & Frey, 2004): Prompts that document learning, (Example: Write one thing you learned today, Discuss how today’s lesson could be used in the real world.)

Other exit prompts include: Fisher, D., and Frey, N. (2004).


Storytelling. Coding. Game-Based Learning Ideas from ISTE. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 30 iPad Apps Every Teacher Should Be Using. Game-Based Learning Is Probably Worth Looking Into. “No TV until you finish that level.” Can you imagine? Recent research shows that video games, once considered public school enemy number one, might just be one of our greatest assets in delivering an effective education.

How Game-Based Learning Works. New Study: Many Teens Addicted And Tired Of Their Digital Lives. Many teens are getting quite tired and downright addicted to their digital lives. But they want something that is surprising to me: more face-to-face interaction and communication. A new study by Common Sense Media asked 13-17 year-olds an array of thought-provoking questions that you should consider asking yourself and your students. It’d be interesting to see the results!

Teamwork Rubric. 5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports. This afternoon someone emailed me asking for some suggestions for tools for creating book trailer videos. Internet Catalogue.